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College of Letters and Science Community Sustainability Degree

Major

DEVELOP AND LEAD SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The Community Sustainability degree at UW-Stevens Point is a new bachelor’s degree program, newly launched in Fall 2022. The major caters to science-focused students who want to put their knowledge to work in building and developing sustainable organizations or communities. The program complements existing sustainability degrees that center on resource management, food systems and education.

Do you want the skills and knowledge to lead environmental efforts for the 21st century? UW-Stevens Point led the development of a new major to integrate the social, ethical and political dimensions of environmental sciences with the tools to foster community change.

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Why Study Community Sustainability at UW-Stevens Point?

Community Sustainability leverages robust skills in urban planning and policy, ethics, justice and organizational leadership. Students get the benefit of an interdisciplinary approach, with courses in environmental science (Geography), social inequality (Sociology), grant writing (English), environmental law (Political Science), and environmental ethics (Philosophy), giving them a thorough understanding of the field and the skills to make an impact in future careers.

Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Geography/Geology has established a program of awards to encourage, reward, and recognize student excellence in the department. Each award includes a certificate and cash award.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

Students will gain a foundation in environmental science and climate change. In addition to the first 40 required core credits, students will choose an emphasis track of either Resilient Urban Systems and Policy or Environmental Justice and Community Engagement. Community Sustainability leverages robust skills in urban planning and policy, ethics, justice and organizational leadership.  View major requirements here.

Several new courses, including Sustainability as a Profession, have been added to the fall course catalog in this key area of study.

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS

The GeoClub is an informal organization open without restriction to all students interested in the field of geospatial science, geography and geoscience.  Gamma Theta Upsilon is an international geographical honor society open to geography students. Prerequisites for regular membership include completion of a minimum of nine credits above the 100 level in geography, a geography grade-point average of a B or higher, and payment of a lifetime membership fee.

Our geospatial sciences majors commonly seek volunteer, part-time, summer, internship or co-op experience in the field. Many consider joining professional organizations such as the American Geographic Society of National Council for Geographic Education. Many join groups that promote natural resources or the environment and pollution control.

MEET YOUR FACULTY

UWSP Geo faculty have training and interests in cartography, geographic information systems, climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, natural hazards, environmental science, and cultural, economic and urban geography. Meet your professors!
Chris Diehm

Chris Diehm

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Environmental Ethics Program Coordinator
  • Environmental Studies Program Co-Coordinator
715-346-2334
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Samantha Kaplan

  • Professor of Geography

Eric Larsen

  • Professor of Geography
  • Geography and Geology Chair
715-346-4098